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Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Brown Sugar Recipe

Easy-to-Make Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Caramelized Brown Sugar Topping”

If you’re looking for a delicious dessert that’s both sweet and easy to make, look no further than pineapple upside down cake with brown sugar. This classic cake is a favorite for good reason: its tangy pineapple flavor and caramelized brown sugar topping make for a mouthwatering combination that’s sure to please everyone at your next gathering. Follow along with our recipe to create your own delectable pineapple upside down cake with brown sugar, perfect for any occasion.


Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make a 9-inch pineapple upside down cake with brown sugar:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple slices in juice, drained, juice reserved
  • 10 maraschino cherries, stemmed and pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Follow these simple instructions to create your own pineapple upside down cake with brown sugar:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Melt the butter in a 9-inch cake pan in the oven.
  2. Once the butter is melted, sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  3. Arrange the pineapple slices on top of the brown sugar, placing a cherry in the center of each pineapple ring.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. In a separate large bowl, beat the granulated sugar and eggs until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  6. Mix in the reserved pineapple juice, milk, and vanilla extract.
  7. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  8. Pour the batter over the pineapple slices in the cake pan.
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  10. Cool the cake for 10 minutes in the pan before inverting it onto a serving plate.

Tips for Success

  • Make sure to drain the pineapple slices well to avoid excess moisture in the cake.
  • Don’t skip the step of melting the butter in the cake pan before adding the brown sugar and pineapple slices. This creates a caramelized layer on top of the cake that’s essential to its delicious flavor.
  • For an extra touch of sweetness, sprinkle some additional brown sugar over the top of the cake before serving.


  • Try using sliced peaches or pears instead of pineapple for a different twist on this classic recipe.
  • Add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the dry ingredients for a warm and cozy flavor.
  • Substitute the vanilla extract for almond extract for a nutty twist.

Serving Suggestions

Serve your pineapple upside down cake with brown sugar warm or at room temperature, topped with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Pineapple upside down cake with brown sugar is a classic dessert that’s both sweet and simple to make. With its tangy pineapple flavor and caramelized brown sugar topping, it’s sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it. Follow our easy recipe and enjoy this delicious cake at your next gathering.


Q: Can I use canned pineapple chunks instead of slices? A: Yes, you can use canned pineapple chunks instead of slices. Just make sure to arrange them in a single layer in the cake pan.

Q: Can I use fresh pineapple instead of canned? A: Yes, you can use fresh pineapple instead of canned. Just make sure to cut it into thin slices and remove the skin and core before arranging it in the cake pan.

Q: Can I use dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar? A: Yes, you can use dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar. It will give the cake a richer, more caramelized flavor.

Q: How long will the cake last? A: The cake will last for 2-3 days if stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Q: Can I freeze the cake? A: Yes, you can freeze the cake for up to 3 months. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing. Thaw it in the refrigerator before serving.

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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?